I am today prompted to resume my blog. With a prayer.
To me, is prayer is foremost, dialogue with God. Some would prefer that the nuance fall on prostration before God, who through prayer changes us. Yet I’ve become more convinced that though God is king of heaven, He created in us the will to pray that we may engage each other. I believe then, that God’s talk with the prophet Abraham is one of Scripture’s core paradigms on the meaning of prayer (Gen 18:17-19, 23f).
I naturally then, have a distaste for formalised prayers. Yet our Prayer Book- the Psalms reveals a place for formal expression. Sometimes there’s a depth we tap into; a resonance we find through remembered prayer. Especially when they reflect the world of Scripture. Like the Psalms, these expressions help shape our vocabulary even in the spontaneous offering of prayer momentarily inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Almighty God,to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden;
Cleanse the thoughts of our heartsby the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your name,
through Christ our Lord.
Book of Common Prayer